The number one predictor of divorce...?

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  1. uma

    uma Senior IL'ite

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    I came across this article recently and thought that I will share it with you all. The article is written with a practical sense that I enjoyed it very much.

    The number one predictor of divorce is the habitual avoidance of conflict.

    And what's sad is the reason we avoid conflict is because we believe it will cause divorce. It's like the cartoon where the couple explains to the marriage counselor, "We never talk anymore. We figured out that's when we have all our fights."

    In the beginning, we avoid conflict because we are so much in love and we believe that "being in love" is about agreeing. We're afraid that if we disagree - or fight - we'll ruin our marriage. Later, we avoid conflict because when we try to deal with our differences things get so out of hand and our fights so destructive and upsetting that we simply shut down. After a few bad blow-ups we become determined to avoid conflict at any cost.

    Successful couples are those who know how to discuss their differences in ways that actually strengthen their relationship and improve intimacy. Successful couples don't let their disagreements contaminate the rest of the relationship. While it's true that we don't get married to handle conflict, if a couple doesn't know how - or learn how - to fight or disagree successfully, they won't be able to do all the other things they got married to do. Or, put another way, it's hard to take her out to the ball game if you're not speaking. Often couples are so determined to avoid disagreeing they quit speaking.

    We also need to realize that every happy, successful couple has approximately ten areas of "incompatibility" or disagreement that they will never resolve. The divorce courts have it all wrong. "Irreconcilable differences" - like a bad knee or a chronic back - are part of every good marriage. Successful couples learn to dance in spite of their differences. If we switch partners we'll just get ten new areas of disagreement, and sadly, the most destructive will be about the children from our previous relationships.

    In addition to skills for handling disagreements, we also have to learn to welcome and embrace change. When we marry we promise to stay together till death us do part -- but, we don't promise to stay the same!
    We need skills to integrate and negotiate change along the way.


    The good news is that the skills or behaviors - behaviors for handling disagreement and conflict, for integrating change, and for expressing love, intimacy and appreciation - can all be learned. Couples can unlearn the behaviors that predict divorce - that destroy love - and replace them with behaviors that keep love alive.
     
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  2. varalotti

    varalotti Moderator Staff Member IL Hall of Fame

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    A Sensible Advice

    Dear Uma,
    That was a very sensible advice to couples. I enjoyed every word of it. If someone says that their marriage is without any fights or arguments, either they are lying or their marriages are dead and gone. There is another happy coincidence to your message. Only a fortnight back my article appeared in an Indian Magazine called 'Alive' (Delhi Pressc - publishers of Womans Era). The Article was entitled "Do Fight With Your Spouse - But Let It Be a Good Fight". I don't want to post the article now while replying to your post.
    I wish all the members of Indusladies read the article posted by you and wish even more fervently so, that they apply it to their lives and marriages.
    regards,
    varalotti (sridhar)
     
  3. madhu_cute

    madhu_cute Junior IL'ite

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    Hi Uma,

    Nice piece of article ...

    I am sure if couples get to know "how to agree to disagree", it will help in handling conflicts and opinion differences smoothly.
     
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    Blondie Bronze IL'ite

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    [In addition to skills for handling disagreements, we also have to learn to welcome and embrace change. When we marry we promise to stay together till death us do part -- but, we don't promise to stay the same!
    We need skills to integrate and negotiate change along the way. ]



    A very apt article indeed. Our wedding vows say :

    Dharmecha, Arthecha, Kamecha, Mokshecha Naati Charami.

    Naati Charami is chanted thrice which means "I will stand by, I will stand by, I will stand by!!"

    But they dont say we will remain unchanged
     
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    malspie Platinum IL'ite

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    Divroce is not always due to conflict, its also coz of self respect.....Sometimes a person undergoes complete emotional torture, with only tears, loneliness, fear and insecurity. Under such circumstances its wise to move and start calling your innerself, to make life worth living....
     

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